23/01/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

Well, we promised you a great night with Peter Gennard last week – and he didn’t disappoint. His take on environmental portraiture was innovative and inspiring, laced with oodles of good humour and tips. His nature images – whilst brief – were also top class.

This week, we move on to our 43rd Print competition – Colour and Wildlife sections. Our judge is Claire Carter. Claire has presented at Bromsgrove in the recent past and we remember well her landscape and nature images – based primarily in Shropshire. Good luck to all that are taking part.

There will be an early session this week which I will be presenting. This will be on Photo-editing, following on from my introductory talk on Affinity Photo in December. I will explain how I work on RAW images and also show basic editing techniques to make your images stand out from the crowd. I will focus on how to draw the eye to the main subject matter in the photo and make it “POP”. Whilst I will be using Affinity Photo the techniques will be easily transferable to Photoshop and other software.

Both sessions will be available on Zoom – subject to the usual gremlins which hopefully will be absent. Zoom invites will follow in due course.

See you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes

David

16/01/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

Thanks to everyone for making last Tuesday’s meeting a great night. Our knockout competition has become a special event in the BPS calendar. A lot of good images with a plenty of critique from the floor – all done in the right spirit. Well done to Nick Veale for getting first and second place with two great images. Also, many thanks to Colin and Don for their hard work on the evening to make it work.

This week we have an old friend of Bromsgrove returning with a presentation entitled “PG Tips – Fresh Brew” by Peter R. Gennard, MFIAP, EFIAP/d1. The majority of the talk is environmental portraiture, however, there will also be some nature and landscape. Peter needs no introduction to many of us. For our newer members, this is a treat not to be missed.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

09/01/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

To say that last week’s New Year Quiz on Zoom was a success would be an understatement. A lot of fun and laughter, questions to challenge the grey matter and a couple of contentious decisions along the way. Congratulations to Team “True Story” for their excellent success.

This week, we will return to Avoncroft for our Print Knockout Competition. Colin has already sent out detailed information to you, so please bring along up to three prints on the night (mounting is optional) and good luck with your entries.

Regarding Covid, the government appears to have made the decision that the pandemic is something that we will have to live with, and further restrictions seem very unlikely. Bromsgrove PS intend to carry on with our meetings at Avoncroft under the current circumstances, but we do ask that you continue to take steps to minimise the transmission of infection. We will still request the wearing of masks within the hall during the current Omicron surge. We would also ask that you perform a lateral flow test on a Tuesday if you are attending. I realise that the supply of lateral flow tests has been unreliable recently, but please do one if they are available.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

02/01/2022 Vocal Point

Happy New Year to you all.

The festivities are now over and we can now return to some serious photography – but not before our New Year Quiz.

Whilst we are not holding our annual buffet as a result of covid, we will be testing your brains with our challenging quiz on Zoom. Ele Rea plus helpers have put together a series of questions aimed at all abilities. Using the Rooms facility on Zoom we will work as teams, so don’t feel shy about joining in – you will be able to blame someone else for the wrong answers.

In addition to a range of questions, there will be a picture round and a music round. A preview of the pictures will be sent out just prior to the event, so please check your inbox in advance – if you wish, you can print this to help you on the evening.

There are no prizes – just glory. Please, no sneaky checking on Google, or on Shazam for the music round.

Good luck everyone.

David

28/12/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

I hope that Christmas has been kind to you, whether it’s new photography gear, new clothing or simply just good health and the company of those that you love.

No doubt you will be aware that there have been no new restrictions associated with Covid – whether this continues or not, only time will tell. As things stand we will start our January programme with a New Year Quiz – please note that this will be a Zoom event rather than a physical meeting – further details will follow in due course.

Whilst we are keeping a close eye on the situation, it is hoped that we will return to our physical meetings at Avoncroft on 11 January.

Well done to everyone who had images held back in the recent competition. The novice section in particular is going from strength to strength, and whilst some images did not meet the rules for a Wildlife image, the quality of the images was very high. Many thanks to Jenny Webster for her judging and excellent critique on the night.

A Happy New Year to you all and I look forward to the pleasure of your company in the near future.

David

19/12/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

The coronavirus lexicon continues to expand. We started learning about Coronavirus (or did Covid 19 come first), last Christmas everyone was worried about the Delta variant and now it is Omicron. If the rumours this weekend are correct, there is every chance that there will be a ban on indoor meetings after Christmas. Only time will tell, but we will take whatever steps are necessary to continue entertaining you on a Tuesday evening.

This week we have our 3rd PDI Competition and our last meeting of 2021. Owing to the significant increase in the rate of coronavirus infections, we have made the decision to make this a Zoom only meeting. It had already been decided that our judge Jenny Webster would be judging remotely over Zoom, so it is likely that many members would have opted for virtual attendance only. Under the current circumstances, we feel that it is the responsible thing to do. At the minute there are circumstances outside of our control but we aim to be back in January.

On more cheerful things, last Tuesday was very successful. Terry Livesey gave us a practical demonstration of studio lighting using a single Speedlite. In an evening that was both demonstration and hands-on, he was very entertaining and helpful.

It only remains to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Apologies for the plagiarism, but Be Positive, Test Negative.

Best wishes

David

12/12/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

There are just 2 meetings left now in 2021. It has been a challenging but successful year, however, there is a certain sense of deja vu as Covid is still very much to the fore.

This week is a practical night and will be presented by Terry Livesey LRPS. You will remember that Terry judged our first Print Competition in October and we appreciated his enthusiastic and helpful judging. The second half of his demonstration will be hands-on so please bring along your cameras and speedlites if you have them – if you haven’t got one then perhaps you will be able to borrow one on the night.

It is also the deadline for handing in for our 3rd PDI Competition Mono and Wildlife. The judge will be our very own Jenny Webster MPSA. EFIAP. DDPAGB. LRPS. BPSA. BPE4* ARPS. Now is the time to get your entries in.

As things stand, the New Year Quiz will be taking place as planned. There are still places available, so please let me know if you wish to book tickets for yourself and your friends.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

05/12/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

I just back from a very enjoyable and tiring weekend on the North Devon coast. One of my aims had been to practice some long-exposure photography on water movement. A lovely idea that didn’t factor in gale force winds we experienced – impossible to keep the tripod still – best-laid plans and all that. Never mind some good shots were taken despite all that.

Well done to everyone who entered the 2nd Print competition last week. The standard was high in all sections and our judge Peter Siveter was very constructive in his adjudication and advice.

This week we have had an enforced change to our programme. Initially, it had been set aside for the Midland Bank trophy, however, there are no other clubs participating to allow this to take place. We have decided to run a viewing of the Cwm Rhondda Battle – an international interclub competition for 26 clubs including Bromsgrove. This will be projected in the hall at Avoncroft for the majority of members who will be attending. It will also be available on Zoom for those who are unable to attend.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

28/11/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Our studio nights are always a great chance to socialise with other members whilst practicing your studio photography skills. Last Tuesday was one of the best. Our main set model was Chris Russell – a wood whittler. Chris has a face full of character and his friendly, relaxed manner gave us all an opportunity to get some quality shots. Also, we had Monica and Anne in dramatic period dress giving us some wonderful photo opportunities whilst really entering into the spirit of the evening.

This week we have our second print competition of the year – colour and mono with judge Peter Sivitter. Good luck to everyone that is entering.

You will all be aware that the new variety of coronavirus has taken everyone back to facemask wearing in certain situations. Whilst it appears that the legal requirement applies only to shops and public transport, it would be wise to re-introduce mask-wearing (unless you are exempt) to our Tuesday night meetings – especially whilst walking about in the hall. As before, please be mindful of other people’s personal space.

Finally, congratulations are in order. Ele Rea can now add CPAGB after her name. She was very successful with her images at the adjudication in Newton Abbot yesterday.

I have also overlooked the award of QPSA to Julie Hall a few weeks ago, which has been gained through successful entries in international exhibitions.

Massive congratulations are due to both Ele and Julie.

I am pleased to advise you all that Rebekah nash has successfully attained her QPSA for entries into international exhibitions. Well done Beks.

There will be an early session this week. I will be presenting a session on Affinity Photo. There are quite a few members using it already, but it may be that some of you took advantage of the special Black Friday deal to download it at a special price. Or, you may be thinking about it in the future. Regular users rank it as high as Photoshop – at a fraction of the price.

This week I will do a basic introduction to Photo and at a later date, I will run a more advanced session.

Hopefully, this session will be run on Zoom.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

21/11/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Last Tuesday’smeeting was certainly a treat for us all, with Peter Young giving us an insight into the selection process for the Welsh International Salon 2021. We had a chance to see many top class images accompanied by Peter’s unique and humorous overview of the judging process. 

This week we have our next Model Night. This will feature a wood whittler called Chris. We also have some volunteer models, so there should be plenty of variety on the night. Remember to bring your camera. Due to the nature of this meeting, there will be no early session this week, nor is it suitable for Zoom transmission.

Tuesday will also be the deadline for entries to our 2nd Print Competition – Colour and Mono. The judge will be Peter Siviter DPAGB EFIAP.

Looking further ahead, we will be holding our New Year Party on 4th January at Avoncroft Arts Centre. This is always a very popular night and will feature our usual quiz, a raffle for top prizes including Amazon vouchers, and a buffet. The buffet will cater for the usual range of dietary requirements. 

It is open to members, family and friends and we need to get an idea as to how many people will be attending. A list will be available at the signing-in table starting from this Tuesday, so please indicate how many will be attending and also any dietary requirements. The ticket cost will be £8 per head. It’s time to let our hair down again.

If you wish to attend but won’t be at our club night over the next few weeks, then please contact me directly to book your tickets.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David